Just a few updates from the folks at Rivals and Scout that I thought were worthy of passing along...
First off, the most recent article regarding Kyle Wiltjer from the Arizona Rivals.com network:
"I'm hearing from mostly Pac-10 schools," he said. "Gonzaga,Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Oregon and a little bit from Kansas.
Kyle also went on to claim offers from Gonzaga, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State, San Francisco, and Santa Clara. Since it was written by the Arizona Rivals guy, there are quite a few questiosn regarding how much he is hearing from Sean Miller and at this point it seems pretty minimal, which is good. Arizona would be a huge offer for Kyle and one that may change his recruiting quite a bit. But with the way he has been playing this summer, I wouldn't be surprised if he started to reel in offer after offer from some top programs. He is in no real rush to make a decision however, and said he probably will wait until next summer.
Scout.com had a piece on Gary Bell Jr. two days ago where he claimed to have three offers from Gonzaga, California, and Washington. He says that he, like Kyle Wiltjer, is in no rush to make a choice:
"I tell everybody that I want to wait," Bell told Dawgman.com "Everybody tells me to go to U-Dub because they want to see me play. My relationship with Washington is cool. All of the coaches there, I've got a real good relationship with them all.
Bell talks about how his summer is going so far and the writer points out a few times that his recruitment is probably just kicking into high gear. Bell attributes that to more exposure from Seattle Rotary and the fact that he is splitting time at point guard with Tony Wroten.
Lastly, there was a rare update regarding San Diego 2010 point guard LaBradford Franklin from Rivals.com:
"Cal is really interested, and Gonzaga offered," Franklin, whose dad and mother both competed athletically in the SEC, said. "Pepperdine and Fresno State offered. Basically, all the WCC and WAC schools have offered. I also had some interest from Virginia Tech and Nevada too."
LaBradford is a guy that we really like a lot but with GJ Vilarino signing late and Gonzaga's recruitment of Gary Bell Jr., it's hard to imagine a huge need for point guard in the 2010 class. From everything we have heard though, Franklin is a hidden gem because he didn't play his junior season and should absolutely blow up his senior year. He said that he is very interested in the Cal program and that is something we are probably going to be hearing a lot more often with Mike Montgomery and the helm.
Like we have said, Gonzaga will have three open scholarships in the next two years. What happens with those three is anyone's guess but I think we'd be stunned if Mark Few used two scholarships on a pretty weak 2010 class.